Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

October 15, 2009 17:07 ET

OECD Annual Rural Development Conference: A Promising Future for Rural

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - Close to 300 experts from around the world gathered in Quebec City to take part in the seventh annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conference on Rural Development. This conference gave participants from approximately 30 countries the opportunity to share their respective findings and experiences in order to bring forward new ideas for sustainable rural development. Bringing their distinct identities and cultures, these experts came to Quebec City to map out a better future for rural regions around the world.

Mobilisation and Innovation

"This conference offers us the unique opportunity to discuss rural issues and share our experiences and know-how. Although we face different realities from one country to another, it is clear to me now that we can all learn a great deal from each other in elaborating policies suited to the needs of rural citizens," claimed the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture). "The Government of Canada reinforces its commitment to playing an active role in the OECD rural file and will pursue the dialogue that was started this week."

"In order to sustain rural development, we need to mobilise populations, make way for their innovative spirit, and create new local, private and public businesses, not only in the agri-food industry, but also in the tourism, forestry and energy sectors. In a sustainable development perspective, we need to use our land in the most dynamic, efficient and ecoresponsible ways, added the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard."

More than ever, rural development appeals to the ingenuity and sharing of regions and countries which invest in the future of their rural regions. In that regard, the province of Quebec distinguishes itself with their National Policy on Rurality, which takes all aspects of rural development into consideration. The OECD is currently examining this policy in the Canadian context, which will be made public at the beginning of 2010.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
    Communication Services Branch
    Caroline St-Pierre
    Head of Press Relations
    418-691-2015, extension 3746
    or
    Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn
    Sophie Doucet
    Press Secretary
    613-947-7298
    Mobile: 613-608-3252
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972